Aging beauty: Know what to expect as your face changes

October 24, 2012

Aging beauty: Know what to expect as your face changes
Aging beauty: Know what to expect as your face changes

The aging process can be brutal, and sometimes, trying to combat wrinkles and other changes in one's face can seem like an uphill battle. Still, putting in effort to make yourself look as good as possible is one way to assuage some of the anxieties that come along with growing older. The trick, according to a doctor writing for Inforum.com, is to know how your face changes at certain ages, and what you can do to treat the issues uniquely.

Your younger years
Adolescence is a difficult time for many, not just because of skin problems, though acne doesn't make things much easier. But for a lot of people, the second decade of life is a heyday for healthy skin. Still, the occasional pimple is not unheard when you are in your 20s. The doctor recommends skin products that are vitamin A-based, such as retinol. Sunglasses and sun screen are also a must for all ages, but starting early means fewer wrinkles later on down the line.

When you're in your 30s
Ten years later, many people will begin to see the first signs of aging. Fine lines are common around the eyes, and the skin underneath your lower lids may become puffy, particularly in the morning. To combat these signs of aging, the doctor recommends enhancing your face cleansing regimen, and adding an eye cream and a rich moisturizer at night. Read the list of ingredients and look for antioxidants, like vitamin C or green tea.

This is also the age when some people begin to look into cosmetic procedures, such as Botox, to help combat the signs of aging. These minimally invasive procedures are quite popular, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The group found that for all women between the ages of 50 and 60, Botox was the number one cosmetic procedure in 2011.

The 40s and 50s
During middle age, fine lines will deepen further, particularly around the mouth and eyes, eventually becoming folds in the skin. Individuals who lose weight during this time of life may find that skin doesn't rebound, as it's lost its elasticity, the doctor writes for Inforum. A tummy tuck can help combat sagging skin left over from the shedding of pounds.

Bone and muscle volume decrease during these decades of life, which can often result in a tired look that can be distressing to some. There are other cosmetic procedures available to help with this issue, such as a facelift or browlift. 


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